seec: Public Acts

Legislative Analysis
 
 
{2008}  2011 Legislative Analysis
 
 
Regular Session
 
 
An Act Concerning the Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2013, and Other Provisions Relating to Revenue
{Public Act 08-2} § 1 — Appropriates $9,470,279 and $9,195,516 to the Office of Governmental Accountability for fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, respectively.
{Public Act 08-2} § 120 — Reduces the required transfer from to the Citizens’ Election Fund to $10.6 million for fiscal year 2011-2012.
 
An Act Implementing Provisions of the Budget Concerning General Government
{Public Act 08-2}
 
§§ 58-76 — Establishes the Office of Governmental Accountability, in which the SEEC is a part.
{Public Act 08-2} §§ 286-301 — Modifies laws on campaign finance, the Citizens’ Election Program, and the SEEC.
 
An Act Concerning Revisions to Elections Related Statutes
{Public Act 08-2} Changes elections laws affecting voter registry lists, the conduct of primaries and elections, election officials, voting equipment and polling places, post-election procedures, and certain campaign finance forms.
{Public Act 08-2} Requires biennial registration of PACs formed by two or more individuals, or for ongoing political purposes, in order to accept lobbyist contributions during the legislative session.
 
Public Act 11-46
An Act Concerning the Integrity of Elections
{Public Act 08-2} § 2; 4; 5 — Requires registrars of voters to create an emergency contingency plan, submit to the Secretary of the State which polling places will be used, who will moderate them, and how many ballots were ordered for each.
{Public Act 08-2} § 1; 4 — Reduces duration of moderator’s certification from four to two years, and authorizes the Secretary of the State to adopt regulations concerning the moderator certification process.
{Public Act 08-2} Authorizes the Secretary of the State to disqualify any moderator on the basis of misconduct, neglect of duty, or incompetence.
 
Public Act 11-143
An Act Concerning the Presidential Preference Primary
{Public Act 08-2} Delays the date of Connecticut’s presidential preference primary from the first Tuesday in February to the last Tuesday in April.
{Public Act 08-2} Makes conforming changes to the number of days before the presidential preference primary when the Secretary of the State, candidates, and registrars of voters must complete certain actions.
 
Public Act 11-20
An Act Concerning Technical and Minor Revisions to Elections Related Statutes
{Public Act 08-2} Makes technical, minor, and conforming election law changes to reflect the change from lever to optical scan voting machines, and repeals provisions and procedures made obsolete by this change.
{Public Act 08-2} Narrows the circumstances under which a person may be imprisoned for tampering with voting equipment to apply only when a person intends to cause a vote to register improperly.
 
{Public Act 08-2} Resolution Confirming the Nomination of Anthony J. Castagno, of North Stonington, to be a Member of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, to serve a term ending June 30, 2015.
 
 
 
{2008}  2010 Legislative Analysis
 
 
July Special Session
 
 
An Act Concerning Clean Elections
{Public Act 08-2} Eliminates the reversion clause in PA 05-5, OSS, and replaces it with a severability clause.
{Public Act 08-2} Eliminates the Citizens’ Election Program's matching grant provisions.
{Public Act 08-2}
 
Limits the ban on political contributions by lobbyists, their immediate family members, and political committees (known as PACs) they establish or control.
{Public Act 08-2}
 
Authorizes communicator lobbyists and their immediate family members to give qualifying contributions to participating candidates.
{Public Act 08-2}
 
Limits the ban on soliciting contributions by lobbyists, state contractors and PACs associated with them.
{Public Act 08-2} Defines “bundling” and establishes a restriction on bundling contributions.
{Public Act 08-2} Retains the ban on contributions by state contractors upheld by the appeals court.
 
 
June Special Session
 
An Act Concerning Absentee Voting by Members of the Military and Citizens Living Abroad
§§ 35-39 — Absentee Voting by Members of the Military and Citizens Living Abroad
{Public Act 08-2}
 
Changes state election law to comply with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which Congress passed in October 2009.
{Public Act 08-2} Applies to the November 2010 general election.
{Public Act 08-2}
 
Allows (1) applications for military and overseas absentee ballots to be issued and returned electronically and (2) military and overseas absentee ballots to be issued electronically.
 
 
Regular Session
 
An Act Concerning Citizens' Election Fund
{Public Act 08-2}  
Changes the circumstances under which (1) Public Act 05-5, OSS and any amendments to it become inoperative pursuant to a court ruling and (2) campaign finance laws revert to those in effect prior to that act's passage.
{Public Act 08-2}
Postpones for at least 30 days, rather than seven days, the reversion provisions that are effective when a court injunction occurs during a state election year.
{Public Act 08-2}
Postpones for 15 days, rather than seven days, the reversion provisions that are effective when an injunction occurs before or after an August primary.
 
Public Act 10-43 
An Act Concerning Judicial Branch Powers and Procedures
§§ 5-6 — Elections and Primary Complaints
{Public Act 08-2}
 
 
Requires a complaint filed with a Supreme Court judge regarding an election or primary to send a copy of the complaint by first-class mail or deliver a copy by hand to the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
 
An Act Concerning Independent Expenditures
{Public Act 08-2}
 
Removes prohibition on independent (political) expenditures made by businesses and organizations (e.g., labor unions).
{Public Act 08-2}
Authorizes businesses and organizations to make unlimited independent expenditures.
{Public Act 08-2}
 
Conforms state law to the U. S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
{Public Act 08-2}
 
Establishes reporting and attribution requirements for independent expenditures made by businesses and organizations.
{Public Act 08-2}
 
Independent expenditure reports promoting or opposing a statewide office or legislative candidate must be filed electronically with the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) within 90 days before a primary or election.
 
{Public Act 08-2}
Resolution Confirming the Nomination of Stephen Cashman of Windsor to be a Member of the State Elections Enforcement Commission, to serve a term ending June 30, 2015.
 
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